workshops & seminars

2015 schedule


What to Expect When You're Producing

with producer Larry Estes, "Hollywood's Quiet Godfather."


April 18, 2015


Eclectic Theater
1214 10th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122


12 noon - 4:00 PM


Women in Film Members: $42.00
General Admission: $48.00

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Wonder what it takes to be a working professional producer? Join renowned producer Larry Estes as he tells us what is takes to be a producer and what it is like to work as a professional in the field today. The workshop covers wide-ranging aspects of real motion picture producing, including Legal Acquisition of Literary Material, Development of Screenplay, Preparation of Schedule and Budget, Casting, Post Supervision. Festivals and Screenings and Distribution: the things that make producers producers.

Larry Estes, profiled in the New York Times as "Hollywood's Quiet Godfather," is the former Senior Vice President of Feature Film Acquisitions at RCA/Columbia Pictures, who later operated an arm of Columbia Tristar Homevideos acquisition program specializing in quality independent feature film development and financing.

Estes was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the Entertainment Business by both Entertainment Weekly and Premiere Magazines. His films at CTHV include Steven Soderbergh's SEX, LIES, AND VIDEOTAPE, Allison Anders' GAS FOOD LODGING, Carl Franklin's ONE FALSE MOVE (co-starring and co-written by Billy Bob Thornton), John Sayles' CITY OF HOPE and PASSION FISH, Neal Jimenez & Michael Steinberg's THE WATERDANCE, Bobcat Goldthwait's SHAKES THE CLOWN, and John Turturro's MAC.

He was responsible for selection and supervision of more than 60 movies and more than $125 million in financing during his time there. Other highlights include The Christopher Award from the Interfaith Council for producing SMOKE SIGNALS and sixteen of his films have premiered at Sundance. Estes also served on the faculty of University of Arizona in Tucson as a Professor of Practice and taught Feature Film Producing (not "production") to the filmmakers of the future.


Build your skills with WIF Seattle

Education and professional growth is an important part of our mission. Toward that end we host a variety of workshops and seminars throughout the year. Our events have included everything from workshops with talented Hollywood writer Brian McDonald, author of "Invisible Ink," and production classes with industry veteran Tom Kane; to RED camera instruction, fundraising seminars with funding guru Morrie Warshawski, and more. Generally scheduled on weekends or evenings and priced to be as affordable as possible, our workshop topics cover all areas of production. We're always looking for subjects of interest to our members and quality workshop leaders, so if you have ideas for a seminar, please contact our Workshop and Seminar Chair, Alder Sherwood